Mumbai, November 3: In a dramatic twist in the ongoing tussle between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena over government formation in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday hinted at giving support to Shiv Sena to form the government.
NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said that his party chief Sharad Pawar will take a “positive view” if Sena comes up with a proposal to form a “people’s government as envisaged by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj” without the support of the BJP. Malik added that Shiv Sena will get alternatives only if its party chief Uddhav Thackeray takes any decision keeping in mind the interest of people of Maharashtra.
Malik’s statement has left everyone surprised because NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said on Friday (November 1) that people have given his party the mandate to sit in the opposition and the NCP will sit as the opposition.
“The NCP will definitely take a positive view if the Shiv Sena is ready to form the people’s government as envisaged by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, minus the BJP. The alternative will be available if any decision is taken in the interest of the people to form a government,” Nawab Malik tweeted.
Malik, however, stressed that Shiv Sena must take initiative to form the next government in the state. In a series of tweets, Malik also targeted the BJP over its leader Sudhir Mungantiwar’s remark that President’s rule will be imposed in Maharashtra if the state fails to get the new government by November 7. (Zee News)